Dancers In The Dark

January 28th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Will Davidson creates an ethereal story for Dazed and Confused with a little help from Joanna Schlenzka lighter than air styling. Movement is a motif throughout Davidson’s shadowy images and dressed in gauzy gowns from Kenzo and Dries Van Noten, Ming Xi and Hyoni Kang strike dancer poses that bring the theme to life.

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Asia Major

November 19th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

As fashion begins to realize the importance of diversity, we start to see exciting things happening; case in point the Asian models feature in the new issue of Vogue. Starring Liu Wen, Du Juan, Tao Okamoto, Lee Hyun Yi, Hyoni Kang, Bonnie Chen, So Young Kang and Lily Zhi in a punk remake of Cecil Beaton’s classic shot of models wearing Charles James, the images by Steven Meisel and Grace Coddington accompany an article on the meteoric rise of models from China, Japan and South Korea.

What makes the story truly interesting are some of the quotations from the girls themselves:

The challenge for me, and for Asian models in general has been convincing editors, stylists and photographers that we can have mass appeal, but Asian, especially Chinese models have become a stronger presence. Just a season or two ago, there weren’t many models for me to talk with backstage in my native Mandarin. Now I usually have no trouble finding someone at any show.” – Liu Wen

“There still are brands or clients that would not consider using an Asian model, but things are changing dramatically and quickly. I am not sure if being Asian was or is a hinderance. In fact I think it is a plus.”
– Du Juan

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Bits & Bytes: Holiday Edition 2009

December 29th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

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In true holiday spirit, Art & Commerce makes a donation to City Harvest. Watercolor by the incomparable Mats Gustafson.

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Modeling news:
For those of you who have been away for the holidays on some tropical island and are not obsessively checking the Internet every single day….. Gisele Bundchen finally names her baby.

In other “unless you’ve been under a rock or on a tropical isle” news, Tyra Banks is ending her talk show.

British Vogue highlights their 23 models to watch for 2010. Some are familiar like former MOTW’s Stephanie Rad, Keats Kolyasnikova, Frida and Heidi Rock. We love the new Portia and several other new fabulous faces.

In the on going process of adding slash to their job descriptions, Erin Wasson is rumored to start acting and Noah Mills is ALREADY acting. For those who might remember, we tweeted back in Sept about who was the top model rumored to appear in the new SATC 2… From MOTW to SATC in a mere 7 years, you go Noah! In other former MOTW news, Dolce & Gabbana favorite Adam Senn is supposedly dating Lindsay Lohan. Do what you will with that info.

Speaking of model/slash, Hyoni Kang‘s new store gets a visit by Style.com.

Jezebel’s Jenna highlights the sad plight of the industry when the unbelievable Lara Stone is considered “fat”.

Oh too cute. Coco Rocha and a gaggle of 5 year olds visit her agency.

Fashion and photography:
So sad, amazing brand PHI (designed by the amazing Andreas Melbostad) closes

OMG. You thought Vinoodh Matadin was hot now? Look at this NSFW picture from 1986.

Only because Lady Gaga was THE fashion influence of the year, check out this one man’s obsessive creation of 39 of her looks on Barbie dolls. Kinda nuts in a totally fabulous way.

2009 Lists:
Fashion Week Daily‘s Chic citizens of 2009… Here’s numbers 6-10and 1-5.

Jezebel‘s top 10 fashion successes and failures of the year. They also have a pretty good list of their top models of the decade. We would have included Kate Moss who went from a mere supermodel to a model power broker with her recent deals with Topshop.

Contrast this with French Vogue’s 30 top models of the 00’s. All we can say is that of all the INCREDIBLE photos they’ve taken of Daria Werbowy (whose had 3 VP covers in the last year and a half), Anja Rubik, Gisele Bundchen and Lily Donaldson, they chose THOSE to represent these girls??? Congrats to Kasia Struss to making the list.. nice girls don’t always finish last!

Craig from Altamira who obsessively details the models’ streetstyle has some of his best dressed list of 2009.

Miscellaneous:
In the “I just get tired from reading this post” news, Derek Blasberg, just might be the hardest partying man of 2009. Check out these exclusive pics for V Magazine from Derek’s camera.

Some of our favorite agency Xmas emails: Luke Worral’s agents at D1 have Elfed themselves; this slightly creepy, culty video filled with boys and candles from the folks at Nine Daughters and a Stereo, the hilarious card below from the team at Ford NY‘s men’s division and the people at One Management who step in front of the camera for once.

To end the year, take a look at this gorgeous editorial, The 12 days of Christmas from American Vogue Dec 98 from the inimitable team of Steven Meisel and our favorite person in fashion,Grace Coddington.

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Bits & Bytes: 160 g Volume 3

November 30th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

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For 160 g’s volume 3, the “Erotic Issue”, Maike Ludenbachat at Next wears an ultra chic Prada ensemble on top of a La Perla bra and Oscar Spendrup sports an all Givenchy outfit by Riccardo Tisci. Photos Greg Gex, info and exclusive images courtesy of 160 Grams.
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Models:
Gulp. Male model perfection? Alexander from Russia is not only a PhD candidate in physics but he’s a professional dancer for the past 12 years… see what other talents this young man has.

If you haven’t heard already about Coco Rocha‘s fashion line, go now to her website.

Natalia Vodianova has quite a full dance card for spring: Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Guerlain, Etam lingerie and a Calvin Klein fragrance.

The ever so sweet Hyoni Kang has a new store in NYC.

Ponyryder scores an interview with the elusive Jac Jagaciak (she of the Calvin Klein campaign), find out how she got her nickname.

English girls rule! The British Fashion Council have named their nominees for Model of the Year. See who made the cut!

Photography:
David Armstrong, he of the strong and beautiful images, has a book!

Patrick Demarchelier has 400 photographs in his new book, “the definitive guide to the career of one of the most iconic and influential fashion photographers of our era” (from Clic Gallery). Patrick will be at Clic gallery on December 8th.

Ellen von Unwerth‘s iconic images of a young Claudia Schiffer made the young German model a superstar. Ellen’s new book Fraulein, will have its NY unveiling on December 11th.

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Bits and Bytes: Pamela for 10!

April 20th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

Tatiana loves that American Vogue shoots a real Indian model in India, not so crazy about the $2,000 outfits.

We love John Currin‘s work, now we know Marc Jacobs does too.

Also from the fabulous world of Olivier Zahm, comes a snap of Karl Lagerfeld with new muse Edita, most likely for K Karl Lagerfeld line.

Korean model and Ford supermodel winner, Hyoni Kang interviewed by Pony Ryder!

Another Magazine has a “greatest hits compilation” thanks to Karl Lagerfeld. Style.com talks to Another’s founder, Jefferson Hack about how that came along.

Anna Sui dishes to WWD on Fleetwood Mac, Dave Navarro and Steven Meisel.

Newsweek wraps up all of the changes in fashion, from Beth Ditto‘s cover to back to back covers of American Vogue with African American women. Casting director Anita Bitton speaks to Newsweek about the changes.

An effervescent Pamela Bernier is on the cover of 10’s summer edition. It certainly brightens up our rainy, cold Monday in NY. Click here to see more of Pamela.

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Ph: Richard Burbridge. Pamela Bernier/Marilyn. 10 Summer 2009. Picture courtesy of tfs, secretforest.

Here’s Pamela in another shot. She’s very popular in red lips we see.

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Bits and Bytes: Lyndsey on Pony Ryder

March 24th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

Lurve magazine, a new magazine for these tough times? Brave they are…

Liya Kebede, supermodel, mother and designer for J Crew!

Chanel Iman, the next Tyra?

Elle McPherson on an Ashton Kutcher produced show about models? Could be very interesting. (Tidbit: Ashton was with Next Models when we met him 12 years ago. Even then you knew he was going to go far.)

Grazia is obsessed with the new House of Style. Watch Bar Rafaeli and her hair looking gorgeous as she interviews Justin Timberlake.

Model closet, whose would you want?

Jed Root artist Dick Page does a new story on 90’s muse Annie Morton for WWD.

Lyndsey Scott, one of the new faces at the Calvin Klein show was found on MODELS.com’s scouting service by Click Models. Read all this and more in Pony Ryder’s exclusive interview with the beautiful newcomer.

Also from Pony Ryder, the Model City Guide with Ali Michaels, Hyoni Kang and Jenny Sweeney.

Lyndsey scouted on MODELS.com’s scouting service by Click Models. Pic from Pony Ryder

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The World Is Watching

February 4th, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

Ford’s Supermodel of the Year contest has launched many of memorable faces – Chanel Iman, Camilla Finn and Hyoni Kang all participated in the fabled contest and this year’s winner is no exception to the rule. Brazilian born Tayane Leao is a showstopper. The 14 year old girl from Pará is blessed with delicate features and an effortless beauty. She’s sure to go on to great things.

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